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Felony Murder

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Dean Abernathy, a young defense attorney, is assigned to defend a homeless man accused of the felony murder (a death occurring during the commission of a crime -- in this case, a mugging) of a popular New York City police commissioner. It seems the only defense is a plea bargain, for the evidence is overwhelming. But little by little strange anomalies in the prosecution's ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 1995)
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Mar 05, 2017 Tulay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot, but....

This book is over 400 pages, it could have been edited down to less than 200. Some very detailed climbing comes at the end as useful information, but it didn't need to be that detailed. Homeless man rubbed NYPD Police commissioner, but he died before being rubbed. Some very crooked police, innocent people killed and kidnapped. Defending lawyers life is in danger too. You can skip read almost 70% of the first part, still understand what is going on.
2.5 star.
Judith Golderer
May 18, 2016 Judith Golderer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great legal thriller by Klempner set in NYC about the murder of the police commissioner by a homeless man.
Mar 09, 2017 Kelsea rated it did not like it
Awful. Not for me.
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Aug 01, 2013 Joe Rodeck rated it really liked it
Slow set up, runs in place sometimes, and the girl he falls in love with is no prize. (He takes a ski trip that has nothing to do with anything!) There are also a few too convenient plot devices; ex, an unnecessary idiotic mistake by the bad guys just before the trial.

But if a story is only as good as its villain, this novel passes with flying colors. They;re scary; they hold many intimidation cards. They're also part good, though capable of murder; refreshing in itself. It takes an extremely
Hayden KirbySmith

Well-written & could have been authorized by John Grisham himself! I can't wait to read more from this author! Recommend it highly..
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Jun 20, 2010 Jeremy Wood rated it liked it
wove a good tail, but it seemed to be missing something. i hoped the ending would capture that lost nugget, but it fell short. a decent read, but nothing to really immerse yourself in.
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Joseph T. Klempner is a former undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the Drug Enforcement Agency) and later as a defense attorney in New York City.
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